The purpose of this study was to examine the contribution of community integration to quality of life (QOL) for people with disabilities who were the participants of community-based adaptive sport programs. Specifically, it was hypothesized that community integration contributes to physical, psychological, social, and environmental QOL. Out of 240 individuals from the mailing list of the Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) in Crested Butte, Colorado, a total of 93 individuals responded to the questionnaire that measured community integration and quality of life. The multiple regression analysis controlling for age, gender, and marital status was conducted to assess the predictors for QOL domains. Community integration was the only factor that significantly predicted psychological domain, social relationships, and environment domain. However, community integration did not predict to an overall QOL. This study showed connections between community integration and QOL for participants of community-based adaptive sport programs. Further investigation on the relationships between community integration and the specific domains of QOL is necessary in the future for a better understanding of the phenomena.
Author Sanghee Chun, Youngkhill Lee, Neil Lundberg, Bryan McCormick, Jinmoo Hoo
Volume Vol 42, No 4 (2008)